THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! Speedhunters Live was nothing more than an idea up until a couple of months ago. Ideas are easy to come up with, but to actually set the wheels in motion, to take a concept and turn it into reality is much harder than most could possibly imagine. But here I am, the day after our first event, thinking ‘Holy crap, we did it!’ It was a great partnership that allowed us to turn this concept into a reality. The idea has been there for years, but how to approach, implement and sculpt it into something that was noticeably our own was the real challenge. Teaming up with our Japan distributors, Hashimoto Corporation, and the guys behind RevSpeed Magazine, who are responsible for some of Japans most respected tuning magazines, we got to work. So what is Speedhunters Live? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret, up until even the night before, we didn’t know exactly what it was going to end up being. You can plan as much … [Read more...] about Preview: This Is Speedhunters Live
I am the speedhunter
Last weekend I had what I’m sure will be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. No, it wasn’t getting married or buying a house. Instead, it was an event that happened to take place by simply being at the right place, at the right time. As I’m sure many of you of have been reading my good friend Trevor’s numerous articles on Monterey Car Week , I too was attending the event. It is one of the most prestigious car events that happens anywhere in the world, and it takes place right in my backyard. This year, for the first time ever, Nissan was the chosen marque, meaning they were headlining most of the shows and races that took place, so I knew I had to be there. I’ve been frequenting this event for the past four years and each year it never fails to amaze me with regards the type of things I encounter. You can literally stand on the side of the road all week long and gaze at hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cars being … [Read more...] about A Chance Encounter With The GT-R50
Have you ever been to an event and thought how could it possibly get any better? That was my reaction the first time I attended a shindig hosted by the ELTA (East London Timing Association). My first event was their 2014 Summer Bash, and from the moment I arrived I was blown away by two things: The turnout; I had no idea half of the cars I was looking at were in Ontario, and the hospitality of the ELTA members in black. I was just some guy with his jaw on the floor and camera in hand, but it was immediately ‘How are you doing?’, ‘Do you need anything?’, and ‘Have you met our club president, Mark?’. I was taken back by their instant, genuine hospitality, and immediately any event with the ELTA’s name attached to it shot to the top of my must-attend list. Looking at the number of people and cars in attendance, it was easy to see that I wasn’t the only person to prioritize ELTA events above many others. ELTA event … [Read more...] about No Goofs! Celebrating Hot Rods With The ELTA
Am I overreacting? I honestly don’t know what to think after seeing these pictures that some friends sent through to me following their experience at Umihotaru Parking Area this past Saturday. For many years now, 7’s Day celebrations in Tokyo have seen huge gatherings of cars at Daikoku and Umihotaru PAs, and obviously the local police have been quite aware of it. But this year their approach wasn’t so passive. These photos reflect the scene at Umihotaru’s outside ground floor area where trucks usually park up. The police had set up lights to illuminate the area and were running two separate inspection spots. All cars entering the parking area were filtered through a road block, and any that looked like they might have illegal modifications were sent to the check-over area. There, shaken test officers went over each car with a fine-tooth comb, looking for anything that would fail the mandatory bi-annual inspection. These included de-cat … [Read more...] about The Beginning Of The End for Car Culture in Japan?
What images conjure up in your mind when you hear the name Australia? Kangaroos and koalas? Sunny beaches and the outback? You shouldn’t have answered yes to any of those. The first thing that you should visualize are seemingly normal sedans that have had truck beds grafted on behind the front cab. I am of course talking of utes, which is short for utilities. They combine the ease of having a car with the benefits of having a big truck bed that you can fill up with all sort of things. Think an Aussie interpretation of an El Camino, a type of vehicle that is a very common sight no matter where you find yourself in this massive country. The ute is also a great platform if you want to build something fun, like this drag-spec Holden WB Statesman I found at Meguiar’s MotorEx last weekend. One look at the massive V8 sitting in the reinforced engine bay and you automatically think, ‘how on earth does this thing put power down with virtually no weight over the rear … [Read more...] about Ute The World